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New WhatsApp Scam is about INR500 Free Recharge from PM Modi

WhatsApp is an extremely popular messaging application, within India, as its Monthly Active Users inside the country count 160m-or-more. Naturally therefore, messages circulated easily contract virus. However for now, online crooks and hackers successfully victimize people by managing towards persuading smart-phone operators to follow phony links, while pass on messages to others without verification.

WhatsApp in India is a most accepted platform for exchanging messages that aren't verified. Such messages frequently carry phishing links while currently one such link asserts that Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India is trying for providing every person within the country a free INR 500 worth of mobile recharge. The tainted message has been found profusely circulating among WhatsApp groups countrywide. Indianexpress.com posted this, January 2, 2017.

Over recent weeks, the phony web-link displaying the web address http://balance.modi-gov.in/ was seen circulating on WhatsApp, asserting towards providing an INR 500 free recharge. Anyone following this web-link is led onto one page that contains the logins of all prominent telecom organizations. At centre space is the "Desh Badal Raha Hai" sentence while the site directs the user for supplying info such as his cell-phone number, the operator he's using and the province or state he belongs to. After the user provides them and hits a button called 'Recharge Now,' he's led onto another page telling that he should forward the web-link to fifteen others.

Bit these are malevolent web-links capable of exposing users' private information to scammers. The messages' genuineness aren't difficult to judge for, their grammatical and spelling mistakes are noticeable. Thus the link claiming Rs500 free recharge shouldn't be clicked since they can grab victims' contacts as well as other information or damage their phones.

The above fake link is getting circulated within India, UAE and Saudi Arabia. As Alexa Analytics states, the bounced rate which the website carries is 33%, while the mean session time is 2.40, implying people have been convinced of the message, making the scam successful.

The website isn't any authorized Government-of-India site nor does it have any relation with a telecom operator. Also, the URL isn't "https" necessary to have secure transactions; hence should be avoided.

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